the good wife by karen brooks
Do yourself a favour and buy this book. An absolute cracker of a story, a total page turner for me. Its Knights Tale, The name of the Rose and Braveheart all gloriously blended together with a kickass heroine leading the way. A hilarious new way to look at medieval times. Definitely going on to the favourites list for 2021.
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Official Blurb - In the middle ages, a poet told a story that mocked a strong woman. It became a literary classic. But what if the woman in question had a chance to tell her own version? Who would you believe? England, The Year of Our Lord, 1364 When married off aged 12 to an elderly farmer, Eleanor Cornfed, who's constantly told to seek redemption for her many sins, quickly realises it won't matter what she says or does, God is not on her side - or any poor woman's for that matter. But Eleanor was born under the joint signs of Venus and Mars. Both a lover and a fighter, she will not bow meekly to fate. Even if five marriages, several pilgrimages, many lovers, violence, mayhem and wildly divergent fortunes (that swoop up and down as if spinning on Fortuna's Wheel itself) do not for a peaceful life make. Aided and abetted by her trusty god-sibling Alyson, the counsel of one Geoffrey Chaucer, and a good head for business, Eleanor fights to protect those she loves from the vagaries of life, the character deficits of her many husbands, the brutalities of medieval England and her own fatal flaw... a lusty appreciation of mankind. All while continuing to pursue the one thing all women want - control of their own lives. This funny, picaresque, clever retelling of Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath' from The Canterbury Tales is a cutting assessment of what happens when male power is left to run unchecked, as well as a recasting of a literary classic that gives a maligned character her own voice, and allows her to tell her own (mostly) true story.
step parenting with purpose by karalee katsambanis
Jump right in to this folks and you will not be disappointed. A clear cut, raw and real guide about step parenting. I love how Karalee delves into her real life stories with a tell it like it is approach followed up with a ray of sunshine in each chapter. No family member or relative is untouched in this practical guide of tough love with a fair hand. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her and honestly, it was like catching up with a long lost friend. A truly lovely lady. This is her story and if you are going through or at the beginning of the step parenting journey then this is a book you should get your hands on.
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Official Blurb - Do you wish there was a step parent handbook full of advice that actually works?Do you want a really happy step-family with minimal stress?Do you want someone to help you navigate the challenging situation of step-parenting successfully?15 years ago Karalee did but couldn’t find a book which tackled the real nitty gritty and awkward questions she really wanted to know the answer to. 15 years into her step parenting journey she’s written the book she wished she’d had.
In Step Parenting with Purpose Karalee shares her experience and some incredibly useful tips and advice in order to help others find more harmony in their step parenting journey.
The step parenting/blended family dynamic is ever changing. Much like a garden that needs regular maintenance, fertiliser and attention so does this whole new world. A neglected garden bed full of weeds can be transformed into a flourishing floral world but it takes some work, time and commitment to achieve results.
Step Parenting with Purpose tackles many of the questions you have but are too afraid to ask; helps you navigate your own, sometimes conflicting, emotions; gives you insights into some of the more challenging step parenting events; tips on how to engage and manage the ex and grandparents and, of course the step children.
You don’t have to navigate step parenting on your own. Step Parenting with Purpose is the ultimate ‘go to’ companion and might well be the book that saves your sanity, relationships and family.
Its the month of July and so if you don't already know, its my BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Yes folks your crazy bookselling queen is another fabulous year older. I have to have some compliments so I might as well give them to myself. In celebration of my magical day this month, I thought it appropriate to have the Golden Girls Drinks on the Lanai. These ladies are legends and graced our screens for many years. Lets be honest, we all identify with one if not all. Maybe you're a Sophia or perhaps a Rose? Or maybe you are like me and possess all the quirky characteristics of each one of these icons. Cheers to cocktails, parties and cheesecake. Happy birthday to me and Thank You for being a friend.
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Official blurb - Everybody needs a stiff drink from time to time, be it alcoholic or otherwise. This irreverent book is as close as you're ever going to get to clinking glasses with Rose, Blanche, Sophia and Dorothy, the sassy foursome from The Golden Girls.
More than 30 years after it first aired, The Golden Girls retains a steadily growing cult following. The show ran for seven seasons (collecting a staggering 58 Emmy nominations and 11 wins along the way) and over the years, this hit comedy about four fierce and sassy broads sharing a house in Miami charmed millions of viewers with its wit and verve.
In this book, there are recipes for frozen margaritas, piña coladas, and other gloriously silly cocktails. Each of the iconic characters gets their own chapter and is loaded with their favourite tropical drops. And, because it's The Golden Girls we're talking about here, there are some cheesecake recipes for good measure.